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Bolton Preview

9 January 2014

Nottingham Forest are looking to complete their first league double of the season when they travel to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds comfortably beat Dougie Freedman’s side 3-0 at The City Ground back in August and another win over The Trotters would firmly cement their place in the top six.

Forest haven’t been beaten by Bolton in their last three matches, dating back to a 1-0 League Cup defeat at The Reebok Stadium back in October 2001.

Team News

Chris Cohen, Danny Collins, Kelvin Wilson, David Vaughan and Darius Henderson will all miss the game through injury while Eric Lichaj faces a race to be fit after picking up a knock against West Ham.

Jamie Paterson will be aiming to keep his place in the starting line-up after his stunning hat-trick against The Hammers, and Greg Halford may again lead the line for The Reds.

Stuart Holden is a long-term absentee for Wanderers with a knee problem but manager Dougie Freedman has a wealth of attacking options available including David Ngog, Jermaine Beckford and Andre Moritz.

Neil Danns should start for The Trotters after he extended his loan from Leicester until the end of the season, while midfielder Mark Davies is in contention following his return from injury.

Adam Bogdan will miss the game through injury so Andy Lonergan should keep his place between the sticks.

Current Form

Forest are enjoying a real purple patch which has seen them win three of their last four in all competitions. They are unbeaten in eight matches against the likes of QPR, Leeds and West Ham.

Sunday’s 5-0 drubbing of The Hammers in the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser was a real statement of intent from The Reds and confidence is sky high in the camp ahead of the clash at The Reebok Stadium.

Ipswich (H) – Drew 0-0
Birmingham (A) – Drew 0-0
QPR (H) – Won 2-0
Leeds (H) – Won 2-1
Reading (A) – Drew 1-1
West Ham (H)* – Won 5-0
*FA Cup

Bolton have been on a poor run in the league, with a 1-0 win over bottom side Barnsley their only victory in their last five Championship outings.

The FA Cup did provide Dougie Freedman’s side with a welcome boost last weekend as goals from David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford gave them a creditable 2-1 win at home to Blackpool.

Wanderers currently sit 18th in the table, just six points above the relegation zone, and will be hoping to climb away from danger with a win on Saturday.

Wigan (A) – Lost 3-2
Charlton (H) – Drew 1-1
Barnsley (A) – Won 1-0
Leicester (A) – Lost 5-3
Middlesbrough (H) – Drew 2-2
Blackpool (H)* – Won 2-1
*FA Cup

Down The Years

Forest wins over Bolton: 31 (24 League, 4 League Cup, 3 FA Cup)
Bolton wins over Forest: 31 (29 League, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 23 (20 League, 3 FA Cup)                   

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides came in August as Forest kept up their 100% start to the season by cruising past Bolton 3-0 in the City Ground sunshine.

Goals from Jamie Mackie, Andy Reid and Henri Lansbury gave The Reds a comfortable success as they moved to the top of the Sky Championship with nine points from nine.



On Forest’s last visit to The Reebok Stadium in August 2012, the two teams shared a thrilling 2-2 draw on a night where Lewis McGugan opened the scoring with a spectacular strike.



Chris Eagles and Marvin Sordell turned the game in Wanderers’ favour but Reid popped up with a second-half goal to ensure the spoils were shared.

He Played For Both

John McGovern

John McGovern joined Forest in 1975 from Leeds United and went on to captain the side to a league title, two League Cups and two European Cups. The Scot spent seven years on Trentside under legendary manager Brian Clough, making over 250 appearances in the Garibaldi.

Upon his departure from The City Ground in 1982 McGovern joined Bolton Wanderers, where he became player-manager at Burnden Park. He made 16 league outings for The Trotters before leaving the club two years later.

Officials

Referee: Michael Naylor
Assistant Referees: Barry Cropp and David Richardson
Fourth Official: Darren Bond

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the slender 8/5 favourites to take the win at Bolton on Saturday, while the draw is priced 9/4.

25/1 is being offered on Forest winning 3-0 again, while a 2-1 Reds win is priced 17/2.

Check out all the latest odds at Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have received their full allocation of 2,273 reserved seat tickets located behind the goal in the lower tier of The Franking Sense South Stand.

Coach travel is priced £15 will depart the Brian Clough Stand car park at 10.30am.

For supporters looking to travel to the match by rail, Nottingham Forest benefit from every train ticket booked with East Midlands Trains through the official Nottingham Forest website.

On Saturday, the 11.47am service from Nottingham arrives at Horwich Parkway at 2.13pm. The Reebok Stadium is located just a few hundred yards away from the station.

For a full schedule of trains to Bolton and for the best prices visit East Midlands Trains.

Follow The Game

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

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